AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

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In this Sept. 2, 2018 photo, flames engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. According to its website, the museum has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. The museum is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.

Brazil lost one of its national treasures when the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro went up in flames, destroying thousands upon thousands of artifacts, relics and years of investigations and research kept at the building.

A leading candidate in Brazil’s Oct. 7 presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, was seriously wounded by a knife-wielding man during a campaign event, putting a spotlight on the deep political divisions in Latin America’s biggest country.

Students rallied at the main campus of Mexico’s National Autonomous University to demand an end to violence by groups of thugs known as “porros,” who are often registered but don’t attend classes.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced new taxes on exports and the elimination of several government ministries in a bid to halt economic turmoil that has sent the value of the peso to record lows.

In Colombia, President Ivan Duque issued a decree that would allow police to confiscate any amount of drugs from people in the streets of the capital.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that he was shutting down a crusading U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed high-profile corruption probes, including one pending against the president himself over purported illicit campaign financing.

Some Venezuelan migrants living in Ecuador took a government flight back to their homeland.

In Nicaragua, President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega expelled U.N. human rights observers after they issued a report accusing his government of political violence.

In sports action, Cruz Azul trounced Veracruz in a Mexican league match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.


Curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.


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